An Act to amend the Parliament of Canada Act (obstruction)

This bill was last introduced in the 41st Parliament, 2nd Session, which ended in August 2015.

This bill was previously introduced in the 41st Parliament, 1st Session.


Bruce Hyer  Independent

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)


Introduced, as of Oct. 16, 2013
(This bill did not become law.)


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This enactment amends the Parliament of Canada Act to make it an offence to obstruct the Parliamentary Budget Officer in the performance of his or her powers and functions under the Act.


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Parliament of Canada ActRoutine Proceedings

May 8th, 2013 / 3:15 p.m.
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Bruce Hyer Independent Thunder Bay—Superior North, ON

, seconded by the member for Saanich—Gulf Islands, moved for leave to introduce Bill C-507, An Act to amend the Parliament of Canada Act (obstruction).

He said: Mr. Speaker, I rise today to introduce a bill to improve government accountability in Parliament and to taxpayers regarding fiscal matters. As we have seen lately, there are currently no penalties for refusing to provide the Parliamentary Budget Officer with information needed for that officer to do her or his work. Neither are there any penalties for obstructing the Parliamentary Budget Officer's investigations or audits.

The bill I am introducing today would give our budget watchdog real teeth. This private member's bill will finally introduce consequences for failing to hand over requested information with regulatory penalties of up to $10,000 or six months in jail. I hope members from both sides of the House will support this basic accountability here in Parliament.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)